Gold pass blues a failed experiment
Artist desperately seeking Jed
Bob Head, Tarrawingee
MERRIWA Park is indeed a wonderful new venue for the blues marquee.
We all felt for the musicians who (for most of the weekend) played to a virtually empty mid front section which was fenced off for “Gold Pass Patrons Only”.
Those we knew with gold passes refused to sit in there, knowing full well that blues music is founded in roots that demand equality for all, revels in bringing all people together as one and fought against “segregation” and the “haves and have nots” mentality.
Musicians feed off their audiences, how sad for them that in their direct line of sight were rows and rows of empty chairs.
It is important to know and understand the history of the music you are promoting and provide those world class acts with full and enthusiastic audiences in their line of sight.
This “experiment” has failed miserably in the last few years it has been trialled – time to hand the music and the venue back to the people who love and respect it.
Linda Simpson, Oxley
AT the jazz festival on Sunday afternoon I was drawing the performers and doing portraits at the blues tent.
I started a portrait for a lovely young boy called Jed, who has beautiful red hair.